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BlueBrick.ie is a new flexible learning initiative developed by the Institutes and the Office which provides easy access to over 350 modules and courses in 14 Institutes of Technology. Through the portal BlueBrick.ie learners of all ages and aptitudes can search, compare and apply for career-focused programmes to meet their individual needs.

The Ireland Homecoming Study Programme (IHSP) initiative aims to encourage the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Irish citizens living outside the E.U. to return to Ireland for their Higher Education studies.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the planning and development body for higher education in Ireland. It was set up on an ad hoc basis in 1968, and was given statutory powers in the Higher Education Authority Act 1971.

Education Ireland is dedicated to the development and promotion of Ireland as an international education centre of excellence. The Education Ireland brand is managed by Enterprise Ireland, the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of Irish Business.

The Central Applications Office (CAO) The purpose of the Central Applications Office (CAO) is to process centrally applications for admission to the first year of undergraduate courses in institutions within the Republic of Ireland and to deal with them in an efficient and fair manner. The participating institutions retain the function of making decisions on admissions. CAO is a not-for-profit company registered in Ireland.

The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland was established in February 2001. The Authority itself has three principal objects which are set out in the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act, 1999. The first object of the Authority is to establish and maintain a framework of qualifications for the development, recognition and award of qualifications in the State, based on standards of knowledge, skill or competence to be acquired by learners. A further key function of the Authority is to determine whether any particular programme of education and training is higher education and training or further education and training or whether the standard of knowledge, skill or competence to be acquired by learners for the purposes of awards is at the level of a further education and training award or a higher education and training award.

FETAC (the Further Education and Training Awards Council) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. Programmes leading to FETAC awards at Levels 1 to 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications are offered nationwide by a range of providers in education and training centres, in colleges and in the workplace.

HETAC (the Higher Education and Training Awards Council) was established by the Government on 11 June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999. HETAC is the qualifications awarding body for third-level educational and training institutions outside the university sector.

The Department of Education and Science is responsible for the administration of public education, primary, post primary and special education. State subsidies for universities and third level colleges are channelled through the Department.

Enterprise Ireland is charged with assisting the development of Irish enterprise. It works in partnership with its client companies to develop a sustainable competitive advantage, leading to a significant increase in sales, exports and employment.

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) collects, compiles, analyses and disseminates statistical information relating to the economic and social life of Ireland. It is also responsible for co-ordinating official statistics of other public authorities and for developing the statistical potential of administrative records.